Kyle Lunt, SolarCity
Steve Wicke, Sierra Club Climate Change Committee
Michelle Settergren, Grid Alternatives
James Wang, City of Encinitas Environmental Commission
Solar power has benefits on multiple levels: the individual, the community and the planet. Here are some of the advantages:
- Solar power is good for the environment — it doesn’t emit the greenhouse gases that cause climate change
- Solar power improves energy independence and security
- It generates good jobs locally
- Solar panels produce the most energy at the time of day when it’s needed the most
Come learn more about how solar energy can benefit you and the planet.
Sunday, February 28, 2016
6:30 pm Refreshments
7:00 pm Program
Irvine Ranch Water District – Community Room
15500 Sand Canyon Ave, Irvine, CA 92618
About the Speakers
Solar City – Channel Account Manager at SolarCity
Leader. Master of Public Policy. Motivated Professional. Effective Communicator. Proven Closer. Organizer. Problem Solver. Progressive. Sustainability Enthusiast. Fitness Connoisseur. Doer.
My passion is to improve peoples’ lives through sustainable technology, health, and progressive efforts.
Graduated summa cum laude from the University of Massachusetts with a Bachelors in Communication and a Masters of Public Policy.
Sierra Club, Angeles Chapter
Steve Wicke, who is retired from the corporate rat race, spends most of his valuable time taking action on solving the problems of climate disruption. He is currently doing volunteer work with the local chapter of Sierra Club. He is co-chair of the Climate Change Committee which is actively engaged with local communities in coming up with practical solutions to climate change.
Grid Alternatives – Outreach Coordinator
Michelle, originally from Walnut, California, studied Psychology and Spanish during her undergraduate education in South Carolina where she also played collegiate volleyball. After graduation, she worked for three years as a social worker helping parents on Welfare find jobs. She also participated in the No Child Left Behind initiative, working as an elementary school tutor. Additionally, Michelle worked in Operations Training at Verengo Solar where she first volunteered with GRID through Verengo’s Solarthon sponsorship. Now, Michelle is bridging her passion for humanitarian efforts with her knowledge of solar as an Outreach Coordinator with GLA. One of Michelle’s other passions outside is studying Ayurveda, an Indian holistic medicine that incorporates physical, spiritual, mental, and emotional health.
City of Encinitas Environmental Commission
James Wang has undergraduate and graduate degrees in engineering and geoscience from MIT and UC/Berkeley. In a previous life he was a seismologist for Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC), but currently he is an embedded design engineer.
He is a member of Citizens Climate Lobby, Surfrider, Bike/Walk Encinitas and serves as Vice Chairman of the City of Encinitas Environmental Commission. On the Commission, he has worked for Eco-Fest, the Encinitas plastic bag ban and the pending EPS ban. As Commissioner-Initiated Agenda Items, he started the Encinitas Environmental Award Program, spurred the current update to the City’s Climate Action Plan, and initiated exploration of a local Community Choice Energy option.
He has solar panels on his house, rides his bike for almost all local trips, is a water miser, recycles, and composts – in other words, he tries to not just talk the talk but to walk the walk as well.
The Irvine Ranch Water District neither supports nor endorses the cause or activities of organizations which use the District’s facilities. The facilities are made available as a public service.